Yonkers Gang Member Sentenced To Life In Prison

A 27-year-old Yonkers gang member has been sentenced to life in prison plus 35 consecutive years for his involvement in numerous different murders, along with drug and firearms related offenses. Steven Knowles a well-known gang member was part of the “Elm Street Wolves” from 2000-2013 where he eventually became the leader of the gang. During his time with this racketeering enterprise, Knowles participated in the 2009 murder of Christopher Cokley, who was a member of the rival street gang “Strip Boyz” along with other numerous gang related shootings. According to the press release from US Attorney in the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, Knowles also participated in a conspiracy to distribute kilograms of cocaine on the streets of Southwest Yonkers. The press release also states that Mr. Knowles and other members of the Elm Street Wolves possessed, and used a number of firearms as part of their drug trafficking and racketeering activities. Knowles is being charged with racketeering, murder, attempted murder, and conspiracy to commit murder along with narcotics and firearms offenses. As stated in the press release, the US Attorney’s office has charged over 150 gang members since 2011, 48 of those members of the Elm Street Wolves, as part of the Yonkers Gang Initiative. Mr. Bharara gave credit to Yonkers Police and Westchester County Police and Westchester District Attorney as well as the FBI for their part in the case; Bharara also added that the investigation in to Yonkers gangs is ongoing.

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